“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
We spend a lot of time looking at things, don’t we—our laptops, our phones, our tablets, our work, our televisions? In so many instances, we’re spending a lot of time looking down at our devices and absorbed in these things rather than looking up and seeing the world that is right in front of our eyes.
This is so cool—who knew that today is an unofficial holiday called Look Up at the Sky Day?! I recently saw a cartoon in which a simply drawn character is lying on his back looking up at the sky. A second character asks what he is doing, and he responds that he is using his device: the sky. He goes on to say that his device comes with many apps, including the sun, the moon, clouds, birds, and stars. When the other character asks if his device needs to be recharged, the answer is, “No, my device recharges me.”
This is just the best! I love this cartoon because it is truly an example for all of us that often it’s simple things in life, the things that are right in front of us, like gazing up at the sky and feeling the sun on our skin, that can truly recharge us.
The simple act of looking up can shift our whole perspective in an instant. It can move us from sad and lonely to joyful and expansive. It is a reminder that all the electronic devices we use are impermanent, material items. Of course, they are certainly very useful, but let’s be aware of when they are taking too much of our attention away from life and we end up depleting our own personal batteries.
So, aside from sitting on top of a hill gazing into the sky, how do we recharge? I sit, close my eyes, and plug in to me first thing in the morning before looking at my phone, tablet, or computer. It is in this “sitting with myself,” collecting myself and my thoughts, that gives me a chance to look within to actually see and ask myself, What is it I want to focus on throughout the day? What do I want to “look” at?
Then, when I go out into the world having this awareness, I feel prepared to meet the day knowing who I am and what I want. When I start to feel stressed or off balance during the day, I can recharge, take a few deep breaths, and maybe even go outside and look up at the beautiful sky!
What is your routine for recharging your batteries? I would love to hear your stories.